Who Can Give Us Reliable Guidance?
“Send out your light and your truth. May these themselves lead me.”—PSALM 43:3.
WHEN we want to know how to use a piece of equipment, we count on the manufacturer to provide authoritative instructions. Similarly, would not our Creator be in the best position to tell us how we can be truly happy?
How do we even know that there is a Creator?
Professor George Zinsmeister, formerly of the University of Massachusetts in the United States, believes in God and answers this question in a single word—entropy. He is referring to what scientists term “the second law of thermodynamics.” This law implies something that we all observe. An orderly system, such as a house, cannot come into existence on its own. Yet, our universe consists of countless examples of highly ordered physical and biological systems. All of this is evidence that points to an unimaginably intelligent and powerful Creator.
King David drew this conclusion thousands of years ago: “The heavens are declaring the glory of God; and of the work of his hands the expanse is telling.” (Psalm 19:1 [19:2, TNK]) In another psalm we find the exclamation: “How many your works are, O Jehovah! All of them in wisdom you have made. The earth is full of your productions.”—Psalm 104:24.a
Why did God create us?
Creation was an expression of God’s love. As a loving Father, he wants us to enjoy life and to find pleasure in all the good things he has created for us.—Psalm 92:4 [92:5, TNK].
What does it mean that God created us “in his image”?—Genesis 1:26, 27.
God created us with a measure of his own qualities, including the ability to love, to be wise, to be just, and to be creative. He also gave us freedom of choice. When we choose to reflect his qualities, we make him happy. (Proverbs 23:15) As does any parent, God desires to have intelligent, reasoning children with whom he can communicate and enjoy a meaningful relationship.
What is God’s purpose for human society?
God intends for us to use our abilities to work together as a united family for the common good of mankind.—Micah 4:3.
What could we expect our Creator to do for us?
A good father guides and instructs his children. Reasonably, our Creator would do the same. Has he done so?
a For further discussion of God’s existence, see the book Is There a Creator Who Cares About You? published by Jehovah’s Witnesses.